As the MLB Regular Season has been completed, there's no more mass confusion on " who is in" and who is out?" Now, it's time to make our World Series picks.
Obviously, when I look at the National League, to me, the front runners are the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the Mets have much more depth to their pitching rotation, the Dodgers have the combination of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw and this season, they are two of the top 3 pitchers in the game.
You ask me why I mention Curt Schilling and that was because he was overused twice, once with the Diamondacks and once with the Boston Red Sox with the bloody sock incident and each team that he played for, came up a winner.
The Dodgers, who lack offense with Adrian Gonzalez being their best player, will need a the hotter pitcher to play a role such like Curt Schilling did. With pitch counts being less, I don't know if this were allowed and Kershaw would be my choice as he will shut down the opposition in a big game.
Major Depth and the Harvey Isssue
Where the Mets are concerned, they have a sufficient amount of offense with David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Lucad Duda, and Yoenis Cespedes to name a few, it's just a matter of getting past the Dodgers "Big 2".
Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard can beat any team on any day and I haven't even mentioned Bartolo Colon, who can shut down a team at any given time. The Mets are even deeper than this, but that's up to manager Terry Collins to decide. My one concern is Matt Harvey's innings limit. There was one outing in which he allowed 1 hit in 5 inning while striking out 7 batters and was taken out of the game. That's not baseball.
It's a shame that these two teams play in the 1st round, becuase they are the 2 top teams in the National League as the Dodgers are a slight favorite. I have a feeling, the winner will go on to play the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball. If they have the best record in baseball, then why aren't they the betting favorite?
I need to be impartial and I expect the Dodgers to get past the Mets and represent the National League.
I was reading the number of home runs for each team and nobody even comes close to the Toronto Blue Jays, who have the best offense in the Major Leagues. In my mind, the Blue Jays are a slam dunk to represent the American League, but they lost home field advantage to Kansas City and for no good reason. Home field advantage is not a big deal in this situation as I'm not a big believer in the Royals.
The American League is a Hitters League
For me, the topper is Johnny Cueto not pitching up to his usual standards as he pitched with the Cincinnati Reds. While Kansas City went very far last season, they're a team that manages to win games, but with no substantial superstar.
I would take Prince Fielder over any member of the Royals and even though this is a clutch team, they don't have the overall hitting or pitching to win the World Series. The Toronto Blue Jays don't have the pitching, but they certainly have the hitting with 3- 35 home run hitters in Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson.
You look at the betting odds for the American League and the Blue Jays are the big favorites at +160 to win it all in the American League.
World Series Champion
The odds makers got this right as the two favorites from each league should be in the World Series. As good as Toronto is, I see Don Mattingly using Clayton Kershaw as much as possible and I don't think the Jays hitters can get past the Dodgers; Kershaw in particular.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers +600